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Stonewall Inn Gay Basher Gets Two Years in Prison

Matthew Francis, who pleaded guilty to felony hate crime on September 9 for attacking Benjamin Carver, a DC resident on a visit to New York City, in the bathroom of the Stonewall Inn in October 2010, was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday, the AP reports:

Francis Matthew Francis, 22, didn't speak at his sentencing. He pleaded guilty Sept. 8 to assault as a hate crime and to attempted robbery, but his lawyer said the October 2010 incident at the Stonewall Inn stemmed from drug and alcohol use, not hatred...

...Francis was high on prescription pills and alcohol at the time and hopes to get drug counseling in prison, said his lawyer, Robert DePalma. He said Francis, who has a sister who is a lesbian, doesn't harbor any bias against gays.

"This was an unfortunate incident that arose because of substance abuse," the attorney said. "It was quite a surprise to all of us that it was listed as a hate crime."

In the October 2010 attack, Carver was asked if he was gay and then pinned down by Orlando while Francis beat him, saying, Get away from me faggot. I don't like gay people."

Francis' co-assailant Christopher Orlando is expected to get six months when he is sentenced in January.

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  1. ohmyhowsad

    Posted by: Danny | Sep 28, 2011 8:21:32 AM


  2. I'll have to remember that one, "but officer I wasn't speeding, it was the prescription pills".

    Posted by: Oliver | Sep 28, 2011 8:35:39 AM


  3. "Stonewall Inn gay-basher sentenced to two years of anal-rape"

    I was going to say something much more vituperative and revengeful, but I thought better of it.
    I will say though, "he's in for it."

    Posted by: tweedle | Sep 28, 2011 8:42:33 AM


  4. They should add 10 more years onto that sentence.

    Posted by: Jersey | Sep 28, 2011 8:50:42 AM


  5. All these gay bashers are closet cases...just look at the guy...

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 28, 2011 9:27:19 AM


  6. Drink and drugs dont change your opinions, they just make you more likely to express them.. thats why it was a hate crime.

    Posted by: rovex | Sep 28, 2011 10:08:07 AM


  7. I bet if ass was Black that sentence would have much longer.

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Sep 29, 2011 1:45:28 AM


  8. I bet if ass was Black that sentence would have been much longer.

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Sep 29, 2011 1:46:29 AM


  9. I bet if his ass was Black that sentence would have been much longer.

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Sep 29, 2011 1:47:06 AM


  10. This was a hate crime. It's about time people accepted responsibility for their behaviour and accept the consequences.

    Posted by: James | Sep 29, 2011 4:49:07 AM


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